News Archive

Rush to move offices into former National Republic Bank

At a recent community meeting, Rush University Medical Center received neighbors’ approval to move offices into the former National Republic Bank of Chicago building at 1201 W. Harrison St., although several expressed concern about the property’s zoning.


Golfers divided on City’s proposed Jackson Park, South Shore golf courses merger

The proposal to consolidate and upgrade two of the South Side’s biggest public golf courses is getting a mixed response from the golfers who use them.


PMG finally buys eight acre Pilsen site, but future plans not final

Can’t we all just get along? That’s what Pilsen Alliance director Byron Sigcho said he would like to see from everyone involved in the future of a 7.86-acre site bordered by 16th Street, 18th Street, Newberry Avenue, and Peoria Street. On one hand, there is Noah Gottlieb, head of Property Markets Group (PMG) who vows to convert the property into a “vibrant, mixed-use residential and commercial district” he plans to make “an example of private interests coexisting with social responsibility.”


New Chicago Center school to provide arts, technology training

A $12 million school and community center to provide arts and digital education for teenagers and career training for adults has
opened on the Near West Side. The Chicago Center for Arts and Technology, dubbed CHICAT, occupies a five-story, fully rehabbed former paint factory and office building at 1701 W. 13th St. The first classes began March 20, with a grand opening ceremony March 22.


Tria restaurant opening scheduled for upcoming winter

A new restaurant, Tria, will not open for several months at 3300 S. Halsted St. The opening probably will happen sometime this winter, said Christine Bertucci-Vega, one of the three sisters who own the planned family-style eatery.


TIF to provide $50 million for South Loop School

South Loop Elementary School will receive approximately $50 million in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds from the City for construction of a new school building at 16th and Dearborn Streets—an increase from the initial $9 million it was slated to receive.


New fieldhouse may come to Skinner Park

Skinner Park, located at 1331 W. Adams St., is in the design phase for a new fieldhouse after community residents have spent years without having full access to one. In the 1970s, the Chicago Park District paid for and built a fieldhouse that is now the Whitney Young Magnet High School physical education building. Whitney Young students used it during the day, and the park district would open it to community use after school and on weekends. The fieldhouse holds a pool, three gyms, two clubrooms, and a weight room.


Wrestlers from Chicago Hope Academy win first sectional title

Chicago Hope Academy’s wrestling team fell short of the state championship but had a successful season nonetheless.


New Roosevelt Library building will include mixed-use residential housing

The City has selected a design by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill for a combined new Roosevelt Branch Library and apartments at Taylor and Ada Streets.


City keeps Roosevelt Road properties in limbo; Baptist church files lawsuit

A church cannot get City permission to buy the building it rents.